Shawn O'Connor

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    October 3, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: October 2013

    Punk rock's outcry at pop culture is played out. Thirty some-odd years later, we're in the future and we're bored. Some still ball their spite for pop in other ways. Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, noise has become a blanket term for bands who explore and experiment around the beaten path. The ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    St. Louis Hits the Road: Tips From the Many Local Bands that Toured in 2012

    Hard times, high gas prices and an ill economy did little to derail local artists from expanding outward in 2012. As a musician, I've never seen so many of my peers crawl out from these red brick buildings to push their River City sounds than in the past 12 months. Many return with invaluable advice ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    January 13, 2012

    Iraq War Vet Sentenced for Smuggling Cigarettes Into Prison

    A local military veteran who more recently spent his working days on one side of the iron bars will soon be living on the other side of them. Yesterday a U.S. district judge punished a federal correctional officer who previously served in Iraq for smuggling cigarettes into the prison where he worked ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Melt-Banana At Cicero's, 10/17/11: Review And Setlist

    Photo by Stephen HouldsworthMelt-Banana​Melt Banana | Spelling Bee | Yowie Cicero's October 17, 2011 Upon hearing that Melt-Banana was coming back to St. Louis, and specifically Cicero's, fans were a bit confused. Cicero's? Seriously? Isn't that where sappy singer-songwriters and Widespread P ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Drum Headquarters Closes After 30 Years: Share Your Stories

    ​Jim Uding has been busy. He has been a bit tough to get a hold of lately, and he admits it. He's sorry about it. "I apologize," Uding says. He sighs. "I'm knee-deep in ending my business." The business is Drum Headquarters, a community music staple where he used to greet customers with a gri ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Get To Know R6 Implant: (Maybe) "The Most Intense Rock and Roll Experience of Your Life"

    Photo courtesy of R6 Implant.​ The good thing about a band calling it quits in St. Louis is that its never really done. R6 Implant is playing a farewell-of-sorts show on Saturday at Cicero's, but this isn't goodbye forever. The bill is shared with the Lion's Daughter, Galaxicon and Iron Hills. ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Yowie: The Most Incomprehensible Band You'll Ever Meet

    Courtesy of Yowie​To call Yowie an acquired taste would be a flagrant misrepresentation. Yowie is not something you can acquire. Try to understand its sonic mindfuckery, try to follow the preposterous complexity of Yowies' sound, and your dendrites will start to short-circuit. Music like this ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Top 10 Things (Under $10) This Weekend, June 12-14

    Friday! Instead of a written intro, I'm about to get all multimedia on your ass:Now then, onto some affordable things in the Lou', tonight through Sunday (Looking for weekend concerts? click here.):Transference, Large & in Charge and Sans le Motif at ArtDimensions (Friday)The ArtDimensions galle ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009


    9 p.m. Friday, June 12. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.

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    January 22, 2009

    The Conformists: Writing New Tunes, Playing at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center Tonight

    The Conformists - who are playing a show at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center tonight, with Baltimore's Yukon and locals AXO - are working on new music. The quartet's next CD, the follow-up to 2007's Three Hundred, will be a joint release between Chicago's Sickroom Records (which will put out ... More >>

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    September 29, 2004
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    April 7, 2004

    North to Alaska

    The Arch moves us

  • Music

    January 7, 2004

    Follow Your Noise

    Abstract rockers Yowie put the math in math rock

  • News

    April 16, 2003

    Clever Boy

    He says he was too subtle for police; they say he wouldn't behave